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Discovering Robert E. Howard: Howard Andrew Jones and Bill Ward Wrap Up Their Epic Conan Re-Read

Monday, February 29th, 2016 | Posted by John ONeill

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Howard Andrew Jones and Bill Ward have completed their epic re-read of every complete story of Conan the Cimmerian written by Robert E. Howard. They’ve been blogging about the project at howardandrewjones.com, and we’ve been following along with the viewers at home. In their wrap-up, Howard and Bill look over the vast catalog of Conan pastiches.

Howard: Such a fantastic character practically begs to have more adventures told about him, which is probably why the regrettable Conan pastiche industry popped up. Well, maybe not entirely regrettable, because I’ve read some I’ve really enjoyed…

Bill:  I’m actually looking forward at this point to checking out the many pastiches I’ve never read — I’ve got a stack of Ace Conans that I’d started reading before we came up with the plans for this epic reread… I’ve never read the deCamp and Carter pastiches, or the other stories by REH that de Camp Frankensteined into Conan tales. It’ll be a while before I jump into that series, though, as [I’ll] be rereading all the REH tales again as well. As for other pastiches, I’ve only read a few — Wagner’s Road of Kings was good, and, of course, Hocking’s [Conan and the] Emerald Lotus is terrific.

Read the complete exchange here.

Bill and Howard’s previous Conan re-reads include:

The Hyborian Age
The Phoenix on the Sword
The Tower of the Elephant
Queen of the Black Coast
Black Colossus
Rogues in the House
The Devil in Iron
The People of the Black Circle
The Hour of the Dragon
Beyond the Black River
The Black Stranger
Red Nails

See all of our Conan coverage here.

3 Comments »

  1. I read Decamp’s Conan and the Spider God not once, but TWICE, Crom knows why. It fits the bill if what you want is just a steaming order of blood-caked blades and sweaty thews…

    Comment by Thomas Parker - March 1, 2016 12:36 am

  2. This was a fantastic blog series. I learned a lot. For those who like REH or heroic fiction this series is a must see.

    Comment by Wild Ape - March 1, 2016 8:33 pm

  3. Thanks Ape! Glad you liked it.

    Comment by John ONeill - March 1, 2016 9:38 pm


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